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Subject: Chef Molnar?!
Hilarious! This guy reminds me of Ernie Kovacs' "Chef Molnar" character (and is nearly as funny)...he just needs a bushy 'stache! Click HERE to see Ernie as Chef Molnar!
Subject: Arnold Morris?
Is this Arnold Morris, the guy who is Ron Popeil's cousin, who does the Popeil knife set?
Subject: gadget heaven
yeah i saw it on tcm also! it was so enjoyable! i love kitchen gadgets cause i love cooking! i would really love this set :) and yeah id love to get a free gadget goin to the movies! really fun film! LOVE IT!
Subject: Delicious Dishes (What Year Was It Really Made?)
I saw this interesting short on TCM this morning. According to their website, it was made in 1950, but it clearly looks as though it was made in the 30's!! Does anyone know what year it actually was made, as I have not been able to locate that info elsewhere on the web?
I agree with one of the other reviewers that he does kind of sound like a W.C. Fields wannabe! Also, that cutting table gets pretty grungy! Chef Ramsey would be appalled!!
Subject: Wouldn't you like a cutlery set like this?
Why, of COURSE you would!
The grandfather of infomercials (and it wasn't that hand hammered wok) shows a variety of kitchen gadgets that would make any pre-food processor homemaker proud.
The audio is out of sync in the middle, but it doesn't affect the viewing or the viewing pleasure.
Subject: W.C. is that you?
Didn't quite know what the previous reviewer meant by referring to this guy as a W.C. Fields wannabe...until I heard the first words from his mouth. Learn how to feed more people - slice the servings thinner! Learn how "Jack in the Box" makes those curly fries they are so proud of. Make fake shrimp. Can't tell the difference until you eat it.
Subject: Very entertaining!
I really enjoyed this film. It is a very well made early infomercial. I liked many of the tools they show, some of which would still be useful today. If you like cooking, you will enjoy this film. P.S. im a vegetarian, and i also noticed that much of the food was meat, However, this is advertising, and advertising is never a true representation of how people live (I certainly dont live like anyone in any infomercials on Tv today.)
Subject: JUST FOR MEN?
Guess in those days theatre managers thought only women would like those cooking tools; but look who is demonstrating how to use them. Wouldn't mind having the complete set myself. Fun to watch.
Subject: Am I pleasing? Do you find me PLEASING?
A great infomercial and short. You too can get this 12 piece set just by coming to the theater every week! I admit I didn't realize the non-meat portion of American diet at the time consisted only of carrots, cabbage, potatoes, and parsley until I saw this short.
Look out for the melon baller segment, the chef gets a little too excited about the product he's promoting and sends a shower of politely-shaped fruit balls cascading across his cutting board.
Subject: Woowwww, whattt a showwww!
Gee, I wish IIIII could get some newwwwww...cutlery so eassssilyyyyy.
Subject: Still Selling This Stuff!
Wow! I had no idea that the "new inventions" we see now at the fair were being sold back then with a W.C. Fields wannabe. Check out how he looks down the entire time as if he's directly addressing the theater audience below.
Subject: Too bad
I love cooking and would love to have this 12 piece set and would even go to the cinema once a week for 12 weeks to collect them all. But according to the introduction this is for "ladies" and I am a man. Boo hoo. When will sexual discrimination in infomercials end?
Subject: Watch the shrimp salad...
Alright.. Here we go.
This preposterously great short features a chef of undetermined sexual preference (his voice shrills up at times in a very bizarre manner) demonstrating to "the ladies in the audience" in the way that old time narrators talked to the audience (eg looking left and right) that the women of the theater would be able to get "a fascinating 12 piece kitchen set, one piece each week. It is really fascinating and in-teresting to know how to prepare food in an app-etizing manner". He then demonstrates the set in the classic carnival shiller style, with these facts:
1) If you run out of shrimp for your shrimp salad, you can always use raw potato.
2) Mother in Laws like big hunks of potato.
3) The combination of Cabbage, flour dough and parsley go well together, especially when ground together really fine (absorbs the juice that way)
4) The Melon baller used to be called the "Farijon Scoop"
5) Those potato slicers that you always see advertised for free used to be called the "Sarah Bernhardt" cutter. You're guess is as good as mine why.
This is a MUST SEE!!!!!
(but be warned, the sound is a bit off in the middle and it's only 12 minutes, with 3 minutes of blackness)